- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday denied questions from a CNN reporter about which administrative officials were working on a lengthy health plan.
- “I’m not going to read to you what our health plan is and who is working on it,” McEnany told the reporter. “If you want to know, come and work here in the White House.”
- President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night that his health plan was “ready” to be revealed, but it is unclear when it will happen. The US elections are 48 days away.
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday refused to say which administrative officials were working on a health plan that President Donald Trump had long promised to unveil and recently said it was “done.”
During the White House press conference, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pointed out that three senior Trump administration health officials said they were unaware of Trump’s Obamacare replacement plan while testifying before a Senate committee.
“Today on Capitol Hill, the top three medical experts in this administration said they had no idea of any plan being formulated,” said Collins. “So who is working on the health plan that will be in place before the elections?”
McEnany responded that “a wide range” of White House officials and “multiple stakeholders”, including the Home Affairs Council, were working on the plan.
The press secretary declined Collins’ follow-up questions, telling the reporter to work in the White House if she wanted to find out who specifically was involved in efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m not going to read to you what our health plan is and who is working on it,” McEnany said. “If you want to know, come and work here in the White House.”
McEnany described the closed plan as “the president’s vision for the next five years” and ticked off a vague list of its principles.
“Overall, it will be a very comprehensive strategy where we save on health care while the Democrats try to take health care away, make health care better and cheaper, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and stop medical surprise . ” Billing, increasing transparency, defending the right to stick with your doctor and plan, fighting lobbyists and special interests, and improving health – and finding cures for disease, “she said.
The president has falsely claimed dozens of times that he protected Americans with pre-existing conditions. In reality, his government is fighting in court to overthrow Obamacare, which is protecting these Americans. Repeal of the law would deprive millions of people of health care.
The Republican Party failed to repeal and replace Obamacare – despite having promised it for years – when it controlled both the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2017 and 2018.
During a town hall Tuesday night, the president falsely claimed that his administration had not attempted to overturn Obamacare and that the Democrats intended to lift protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump told one voter that he was “ready” with his health plan, adding that “it is a much better plan for you”.
“We will not violate anything that has to do with pre-existing conditions,” said Trump.
In mid-July, the president promised to unveil and sign a “full health plan” within two weeks. The White House has promised that the plan will be released before the November 3rd elections.
– The Hill (@thehill) September 16, 2020